Posts by Blind SA

Break through is assistive devices by Blind SA


Blind SA is proud to have recently launched Mali-Bhala – a money counter and signature guide – in association with the Disability Rights Awareness Month. This locally created device comes in two standard sizes that are designed to fit either in a person’s wallet or pocket.

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Woman in the city listening to music


NEW DIGITAL ALTERNATIVE TO ‘HARD This Digital Accessible Information System – or ‘DAISY’ – is a digital audio book for blind and visually impaired people so that they can listen to written material.

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Stompie has found companionship


Stompie has found companionship Stompie Matshane has been blind for over ten years and has had to depend on his family this entire time. He didn’t own a cane and couldn’t afford to buy one and had never received any form of orientation and mobility training. His everyday life consisted of sitting at home as…

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Ofentse Manyane teachers

We're teaching the teachers one school at the time

Professional, passionate and dedicated as they are, teachers who have the task of teaching visually impaired children have seldom been given any specialist knowledge or formal training in braille – and most provincial departments of education don’t provide it…

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Cathy Donaldson, President of Blind SA holding her certificate for Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government.

Cathy Donaldson honoured as finalist

We are so proud of Blind SA’s president, Cathy, who was selected as a finalist for Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government for the category of Welfare and Civil Society Organisations. This recognition of influential African leaders took place at the Vodacom Dome in Midrand on 28 July 2015. CEO Communications announced the women being recognised for Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government and the men being recognised for…

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Two women with canes, crossing road as part of mobility training.

Rehabilitation Programme Visits Rural School

Our orientation and mobility services continue to be an essential part of the training we offer to newly blind people as well as to blind people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Part of our rehabilitation programme takes us to schools to assist pupils and teachers on how to carry out basic skills and tasks of daily living. Our practitioners recently visited a rural school in Rustenberg where blind and…

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Blind SA employee, Victoria, sitting at her desk with a cheerful smile on her face.

Victoria celebrates 25 years with Blind SA

I joined Blind SA on 1 July 1990 as a cleaner.” After attending night school and gaining her Matric Victoria then began working as a proofreader. This motivated her even more, “I realised that I shouldn’t be satisfied as just an employee and that I should learn how to read and write Braille even if I’m not blind.” With the help of…

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